We’ve not been shy HERE… and HERE… and HERE… and HERE in making it known that those of us at CFT are unabashed fans of Jim Harbaugh‘s Twitter account. And, based on the raw numbers, we’re not even remotely alone.
Despite the account being barely two months old, the Michigan Man hired at the culmination of Project Unicorn is already No. 2 among college football head coaches when it comes to the number of followers with 197,365 (as of approximately 8:40 a.m. ET Saturday). No. 1? With no hint of irony, it’s the head coach of Michigan’s bitter rival, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, with 240,279 followers as the former attempts to narrow the canyon-esque on-field gap between the two programs.
There are actually three Big Ten head coaches inside the Top 10 — Penn State’s James Franklin is ninth with 100,857 followers — with another, Nebraska’s Mike Riley (96,004), just outside that realm at No. 11.
As is normally the case, though — except for back-to-back non-title seasons, of course — the SEC heads the class, with that conference’s coaches taking up six of the spots in the Top 10: Tennessee’s Butch Jones ( No. 3 with 174,981), Georgia’s Mark Richt (No. 4 with 161,369), LSU’s Les Miles (No. 5 with 159,534), Arkansas’ Bret Bielema (No. 7 with 117,414), Auburn’s Gus Malzahn (No. 8 with 114,835) and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze (No.10 with 97,424).
The only SEC West coaches missing from that list are Nick Saban of Alabama and Dan Mullen of Mississippi State. The former has no Twitter account — and as a technophobe loathes texting, emailing and Googling as well — while the latter is 16th in followers with 74,259.
The only head coach not from the Big Ten or SEC in the Top 10 is Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, whose 124,309 followers are good for sixth nationally.
For a reference point as to those numbers, and because I’m bored at the moment, here are the Top Five in followers from back in early November, as detailed in The Fifth Quarter for Week 11: Miles (145,000), Jones (144,000), Richt (137,000), Meyer (134,000) and Kelly (118,000).
And one final important number: the 2015 season kicks off in exactly 180 days.
(Tip O’ the Cap: ElevenWarriors.com)